NEWTON, Mass. – With eight seconds remaining in regulation and the score locked at 2-all, Jackson Hines buried a header off a Rams' corner to push the Suffolk men's soccer team over Lasell, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon at Taylor Field to clinch a GNAC playoff spot for the rams.
SCORE: Suffolk 3, Lasell 2
RECORDS: Suffolk (7-6-1, 4-5-1 GNAC) | Lasell (3-13-0, 2-7-0 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk grabbed an early one-goal lead and kept it that way throughout the first frame.
Alex Desaulnier pushed the Rams advantage to two 20 minutes into the second half, but Lasell stormed back. The Lasers netted two goals within a 4:43 span to make things interesting.
With overtime looming, Suffolk had a corner kick opportunity and took advantage. Christian Restrepo lofted the rock into a group in front of the Lasers' net and Hines connected to make it a 3-2 Suffolk game with just eight seconds in regulation to spare.
- Felipe Ucros opened the scoring in the 15th minute. On a feed from Sal Perrotto, the sophomore beat the defender and finished in the bottom left to put the Rams on the scoreboard early.
- Nearly 20 minutes into the second stanza, Desaulnier pushed Suffolk's cushion to two goals. Off a free kick, the freshman took the ball out of the air and volleyed into the far post to score for the second time this season and in as many games.
- The Lasers erased the shutout in the 83rd minute with a good penalty kick from Matt Latsha to trim the margin to one goal, 2-1.
- Four minutes later, Lasell made things interesting as Connor Wall leveled the playing field at 2-all. Wall picked up the pieces of Carter Migre's show, which was stopped by Jon Brodeur, and connected to tie the contest with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
- Hines game-winner came off a header on a Restrepo feed on a corner.
KEEPING UP WITH THE KEEPERS
- Brodeur made eight saves in the victory to improve to 5-1-0 on the season.
- Matteo Cugno dipped to 1-5 on the year despite a 15 save performance.
- Suffolk held the edge in shots, 24-18 and shots on target, 18-10, while each squad had seven corner chances.
- Suffolk won back-to-back meetings versus Lasell for the first time in program history.
- The Rams improved to 3-5-4 against the Lasers since 2007.
- Suffolk picked up its second win versus Lasell in the James Boden era, improving to 2-1-0 against the Lasers under Boden's guidance.
- With the win, the Rams clinched a spot in the 2017 GNAC Tournament, marking the fourth consecutive trip and 17th appearance overall.
- Desaulnier put his name on the stat sheet for scoring for the second straight game.
- Hines' heroic goal marked the sophomore's first collegiate goal.
Suffolk makes a pit stop at Lesley Sunday, Oct. 22, before closing off the regular season in front of its home crowd Tuesday, Oct. 24 versus Fitchburg State.